Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure to fund the government for the rest of the year that is in line with the new, lower spending levels enacted March 1. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
"This bill not only locks in lower spending levels for Washington, it shores up military spending, insists on full border security and denies $1 billion the president sought to implement his new health care law," said Brady, who leads the Health sub-committee in Congress.
America's 1.4 million active-duty troops and 843,000 reservists are protected in the House-passed legislation. It increases funding for critical medical research on combat-related illnesses and injuries and key VA construction projects like local clinic expansions. It also includes a 1.7% pay raise for the military.
"We don't need delays in defense construction projects, but there are many line items - like attending conventions and unused dollars - that can and must be cut," added Brady. "By saving from projects and programs the government doesn't need, we can minimize the impact on national security interests."
The bill reduces funding for the three key agencies tasked with implementing ObamaCare - the IRS, Health & Human Services and Center for Medicare-Medicaid Services.
It also increases key funding for veterans, embassy security and federal prisons, while mandating 34,000 detention beds to prevent any need to release prisoners or criminal illegal aliens awaiting deportation hearings. It continues the pay freeze for members of Congress and federal employees.